Friday, August 12, 2016

Shade Thrown on Pool

      The Council decision to build a new pool is getting a cool response from the movers and shakers who will drive public perception.
       Y czar Peter Schmitt threw shade on the pool plan at the monthly meeting of the Citizens Advisory Board, a city roundtable that discusses issues in the news.
        Mr. Schmitt says a pool doesn't make sense and a splash park is a more viable compromise. However this is at odds with Council members who ran on a promise to bring back a pool in the Park.
        From reading this article, it's clear the editorial is in the works and that means staff who take their cue from across the street will be galvanized in opposition.....
        http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/community-leaders-discuss-proposed-thompson-park-pool-project-20160812

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is no wonder nothing ever gets done in this community every issue of late seems to become toxic. Instead of voicing concerns directly to council we instead have people like you, Jay Donovan, now CAB and Y director Schmidt blasting off in various media and forming public opinion. Let the governing elected bodies do their due diligence. The community is experiencing paralysis by analysis.

Anonymous said...

We keep hearing the naysayers tell us that the pool doesn't make sense. But the only reason they ever give is that "a city of this size" shouldn't have three pools. Setting aside the obvious fact that Thompson Park is the best place for an outdoor pool, is there any real data that tells us a third pool is "not needed"? I mean other than the fact that no pool is "needed".

If council wants the pool, they should act on it and be done with it.

Anonymous said...

7:32, my sentiments exactly.

If the council took the money out of their own pockets, served up hot dogs and hamburgers at the grand opening, personally jumped in and gave your kids swimming lessons there would still be complaining. Let's not forget that council members pay taxes too, and from what I've seen none of them are what i would call rich.

What's important to some is not necessarily important to others. Not many on this blog, including you Jeff, appear the type to use the pool. Doesn't mean it shouldn't happen. I could give a hoot if we ever have a dog park, doesn't mean I wouldn't support one built if majority wanted it and felt it would be an asset.

Anonymous said...

Again, do a survey. How many families in Watertown would/could utilize a new pool (even in our short summer) compared to utilizing the Arena. The cost to even use the Arena for open skating is to expensive for MOST Watertown families. Most cannot pay to go open skate let alone play hockey. What are the city leaders thinking? 7:32 you are correct not everyone has the same interests but I think some of those interests are dictated by family finance. Too bad everyone couldn't head to their cottage at the end of a work week.

Anonymous said...

7:32 and 10:39 well said!

Anonymous said...

While throwing shade, could someone dump a couple of jugs of Clorox in there? The state the pool was left in, is insulting!

Anonymous said...

He can go Schmitt in his hat.Gee,can a guy who runs a business with a pool have a problem with another pool opening up?Nah,how could that happen.

Anonymous said...

I thinkg Schmitt has done quite WELL for the city over the years and run a professional business.. Not like what our city has done. Arena, Arena, Arena.. what else is there to say. We have two already, and nobody around has that many so why should we add another? It would be par for our council to do just that. Lets do a study so it says we do not need a pool so the council can vote to add one anyway. Now the pool and study can far outweigh the total cost of the original price a few years back again.
maybe we can cut more fire men, then lay off a bunch of cops, and then maybe some of the DPW so now we have a severe cut in the workforce for our city and put in the pool that is used 3 months a year if that.. Thats how we often work around here. I bet that is not too far from what will happen. Their constituents say they want a pool.. How many is that actually who want a pool? Their constituents had over 500 signs in the yards for the fire department and look what they did? Selective listening but you can get sued for putting in a pool.. and there really is no high priced lawyer to support a pool and its chemicals.. Nice Job again CM and council.
Lets see what circus act is in town next week. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

The dummies in the city filled in the old historic wadding pool that should have been saved and repaired for historic reasons . Just resurface the old pool and open it next year. When you throw in I want a new pool and new this into the equation and have it OVER ENGINEERED to the tune of 4 million then i say YOU ALL need to go drug consoling as you are obviously on something.

Anonymous said...

Like we are listening to someone that can't spell wading or counseling, 11:12.